Kingquad 7686 said:
*Bottom of boat really dented in from sitting on two piece cradle up to 3/4 of inch dent in hull. Not sure about fixing this or heating it up and a little and gently push it out a little? Seriously Hobie the length of this Tandem boat with its mass should be sitting on minimal 3 piece cradle set for the price you charge for 2 piece cradle set. I will probably build something to support boat length wise.
Plastic kayaks are famous for this. Hobie Islands, especially the TI, are probably more susceptible to this because of their weight. The good news is that it is almost certainly easily fixable. My suggestion is to ignore the problem for a couple of months until you get one of those 90 to 100 degree days for which the mid-west is famous. Then close up the hatches as tight as possible, take it out in the hot sun, and turn it upside down with the dent in direct sunlight if possible. Come back in a couple of hours and I'm guessing the dent will be gone. There are two reasons: 1) This plastic has a memory, and likes to do what Hobie told it to do -- given a bit of warmth for softening, and 2) The expanding air inside this solar oven will push out a bit. Remember to keep the boat well supported or you might create other dents and bends.
If that does not work, add plan B: Push on the dent from the inside.
If that still fails, watch Hobie's video on repairing this sort of problem. As I recall, it involves increasing air pressure inside the hull using a reversed vacuum cleaner hose.
I agree with you, a plastic boat that big needs more support than two cradles. I would suggest the 2 cradles plus bow & stern support
Hope you enjoy the boat in spite of the problems.